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Lady Indians’ late surge comes up short versus Lafayette

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Chiefland volleyball squad approaches finish with grueling stretch of schedule

By Sean Arnold

The Chiefland volleyball team’s record doesn’t exactly reflect just how competitive the squad can be against some of its best opponents.

The Lady Indians have shown themselves to be fast starters in early matches this season, but against Lafayette (Mayo) on Sept. 28, they proved their stamina has improved.

Behind a run of service aces by senior Sydney Allen, CMHS rallied for a 25-22 win over the Lady Hornets in the third set, before falling in the fourth in a 3-1 loss in non-district action.

Chiefland was coming off a 3-2 win over district foe Branford, which is vying for a No. 3 seed with CMHS. The Lady Indians dropped a non-district meeting Monday with Bell 3-0. Chiefland, which was 6-11 before its double-header against Trenton Tuesday, gets another crack at Bell (14-4) on Friday at home (JV tips off at 3:30 p.m.).

The Lady Indians celebrate senior night against Newberry on Monday Oct. 9.

District 1A-7 tournament play was set to begin the ensuing week, but could be pushed back if regular season district games are incomplete due to Hurricane Irma. Chiefland will be looking for its fourth straight regional playoff berth. Williston and Trenton figure to be the top two seeds.

Chiefland’s comeback efforts against Lafayette were especially encouraging, given the team had played 14 matches in about three weeks.

“That whole sequence there (in the third set) where (Allen) had several aces, that definitely gave us that little extra,” CMHS coach Debra Weeks said. “We had a lot of kills in the third set that we didn’t have in the first two.

“I’m proud they did not give up,” Weeks added. “I’m hoping we’re on an upward trend and we’re going to peak in two weeks (in the district tournament).”

Weeks says the tough non-district slate should help for tournament time.

“I want to play good teams,” she said. “You don’t get better if you don’t play good teams. This gives them confidence, when they play good teams, because we hung with this team, so we know we can beat the teams in our district.